In case you didn't know, Luther College is located small town Decorah in Northeast Iowa. As much as I hate to break it to you, but access to public transportation is not one of the town's fortes, and the college's location makes it hard for students to travel as often. It's not altogether a down side, because many of us do appreciate how secluded the college is, since it's not hard at all to find a quiet place and focus on your academics. However, once in awhile, especially during breaks, most of us would prefer not staying on campus since it's going to be quieter than usual. Students with a vehicle have the advantage of going places despite the location of the campus, but how many of us have that privilege really?
One of the advices I've always gotten is to be friends with someone who has a car, so that it's convenient for you to get around especially if the town your college is in doesn't have many options of public transportation. Although I do have a couple of friends who have cars, and are even close to me, I shy away from asking them for favors because I personally am not someone who feels comfortable with asking others for favors, especially driving me all the way to the major airports like O'Hare or MSP (which takes about 5 hours and 3 hours respectively). Luckily, Luther offers shuttle services during breaks for all students! These shuttle services take students to around Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The best part about these shuttle services is that they are affordable and take you to the major airports that you need to get to if you travel internationally often.
I've been utilizing the shuttle services since my first year, and I've been on shuttles to and fro Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. The shuttle to Iowa was a van, because I believe not many students take the school's shuttle to around Iowa. Whereas the shuttles to Minnesota and Wisconsin-Illinois are huge buses and has plenty of space for students to store their luggages and bags. From my experience, these shuttles actually always make it to their destinations on time! It's great for any of us who have a flight to catch in a few hours upon our arrival at the airport. They also provide pick up / drop off locations in the site that I've linked above, in case the students are confused as to where they can find Luther's shuttles. Apart from the school shuttles, I've always been on the international students pickup shuttle twice. These shuttles are free, of course, and upon your arrival, you need not worry too much about whether or not the shuttle will leave if you don't make it because the Diversity Center sends a few "ushers" to pick the students up in case they get lost in the airport or some other terminals!
All in all, I'm grateful for Luther shuttles helping out with my travel needs for these two years in the most convenient and efficient way possible.